A Winter of Decisions For the Nation's Top Recruit, Andrew Wiggins

By Jared Brown

The future is still unwritten for the nation’s top high school basketball prospect, Andrew Wiggins. As a junior at Huntington Prep High School in Huntington, WV, Wiggins has led the Express to a 5-0 start on the year, but has some major decisions to make as the winter progresses.

The 6’7” 200 pound small forward has the opportunity to opt out of his senior year of high school by graduating a year early. Even though Wiggins has not made his official decision, it appears likely that he will proceed with this option and play at the collegiate level next season.

The question is where will this young man and potential superstar take his talents? Florida State and Kentucky are the front runners for Wiggins’ services. He will likely visit Kansas and North Carolina as well. Wiggins, who is scheduled to visit Florida State this week, recognizes that the Seminoles don’t always get the best talent but says it’d be a joy to go there as both of his parents are alumni.

Even though Wiggins has shown substantial interest in Florida State, I expect him to be wearing blue and white when next season rolls around. Kentucky has made it a tradition snag the nation’s top recruits and has a reputation for producing one-and-done athletes. The Wildcats have already signed three of the top six recruits for 2013 and it is possible for that number to rise as Wiggins and fourth ranked recruit Julius Randle make their decisions. Wiggins, who will likely be a one-and-done player himself, will need to surround himself with the talent Kentucky consistently draws if he wants to make his mark on the NCAA during his brief stay. Let’s be honest, the odds of bringing home the hardware in March, 2014 favor the Kentucky Wildcats, not the Seminoles.

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